In 2015, 613 Indiana babies died before reaching their first birthdays. Indiana's infant death rate has perennially ranked in the bottom fifth of states. In 2013, the state health department made reducing those deaths its top priority.
How did Indiana get to this point? In this series, The Times examines why babies die in Indiana at a higher clip than most other states and what is being done to change that fact, reporting from the parts of Indiana with the highest infant death rates.
This project was undertaken with the support of the National Health Journalism Fellowship, a program of the Center for Health Journalism at the University of Southern California.
Times reporter Giles Bruce won Story of the Year from the Hoosier State Press Association for his coverage of the story.
FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Social worker Jackie Martinez described what could happen if a pregnant woman goes into labor and doesn’t realize it.
WASHINGTON, Ind. — When a family loses a baby in Daviess County, Sarah Morrison is often the first person they see.
There's a problem involving Indiana's infants. Around 600 of them don't make it to their first birthday. The state has a high infant mortality…
Alarmed by the state's still-high infant mortality rate, some Indiana lawmakers want the state to do more to save the lives of babies.